The Tolkien Road – Ep97 – The Lord of the Rings – B3C11 – The Palantír

Concerning “The Palantír”, from the ways of Wizards to the strides of Shadowfax…

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The Tolkien Road – Ep87 – The Lord of the Rings – B3C5 – The White Rider – Pt1

Concerning “The White Rider”, Book 3, Chapter 5 of The Lord of the Rings, from Merry and Pippin’s fate to Gandalf’s return…

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Hey there fellow travelers! Welcome to The Tolkien Road, a long walk through Middle-earth. On this episode, we continue our journey through The Lord of the Rings with the first part of Book 3, Chapter 5, “The White Rider.” By the way, if you haven’t already, please leave The Tolkien Road a rating and feedback on iTunes. We’d love to know what you think of the podcast. Enjoy the show!

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Topics of discussion…

  • Announcements, correspondence, etc – 1:00
  • More on Ents – 8:30
  • Who was the old man? – 17:30
  • Trying to piece together Merry and Pippin’s fate – 24:45
  • Caught in the Net – 33:00
  • Gandalf the White – 40:00
  • Why Gandalf’s Death Isn’t Bad Storytelling – 50:15
  • Haiku Time – 59:00

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The Tolkien Road – Ep86 – The Lord of the Rings – B3C4 – Treebeard – Pt3

Concerning “Treebeard”, Book 3, Chapter 4 of The Lord of the Rings, from Entmoot to Ent-march…

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Hey there fellow travelers! Welcome to The Tolkien Road, a long walk through Middle-earth. On this episode, we continue our journey through The Lord of the Rings with the third part of Book 3, Chapter 4, “Treebeard.” By the way, if you haven’t already, please leave The Tolkien Road a rating and feedback on iTunes. We’d love to know what you think of the podcast. Enjoy the show!

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Topics of discussion…

  • Announcements, correspondence, etc – 1:00
  • An important matter – 10:30
  • Entmoot – 13:00
  • Merry and Pippin Discuss Isengard & the Ents – 21:00
  • Bregalad the Hasty – 24:45
  • The Ents on the March! – 31:00
  • Haiku – 42:45

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The Tolkien Road – Ep85 – The Lord of the Rings – B3C4 – Treebeard – Pt2

Concerning “Treebeard”, Book 3, Chapter 4 of The Lord of the Rings

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Hey there fellow travelers! Welcome to The Tolkien Road, a long walk through the works and philosophy of J.R.R. Tolkien. On this episode, we continue our journey through The Lord of the Rings with the second part of Book 3, Chapter 4, “Treebeard.” By the way, if you haven’t already, please leave The Tolkien Road a rating and feedback on iTunes. We’d love to know what you think of the podcast. Enjoy the show!

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Topics of discussion…

  • Announcements/Correspondence/Etc – 1:00
  • Wellinghall/Ent-Draught – 17:30
  • “Nobody is altogether on my side…” – 23:30
  • Saruman’s Goals – 30:30
  • Ents and Entwives – 40:00
  • The Song of the Entwives – 53:30
  • Haiku Time – 1:00:00

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The Tolkien Road – Ep84 – The Lord of the Rings – B3C4 – Treebeard – Pt1

Concerning “Treebeard”, Book 3, Chapter 4 of The Lord of the Rings…

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Hey there fellow travelers! Welcome to The Tolkien Road, a long walk through the works and philosophy of J.R.R. Tolkien. On this episode, we continue our journey through The Lord of the Rings with the first part of Book 3, Chapter 4, “Treebeard.” By the way, if you haven’t already, please leave The Tolkien Road a rating and feedback on iTunes. We’d love to know what you think of the podcast. Enjoy the show!

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Topics of discussion…

  • Announcements & Correspondence – 1:00
  • What Fangorn Is Like – 23:00
  • Introducing Treebeard – 27:00
  • The Lore of Living Creatures – 32:00
  • Off to Treebeards’ Home – 38:00
  • Appendix F: Concerning Ents – 41:00
  • The Story of the Ents – 44:00
  • Treebeard’s Song – 52:30
  • Haiku Time – 59:00

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Concerning Subcreative Vision

Great powers they slowly brought out of themselves,
and looking backward they beheld the elves
that wrought on cunning forges in the mind,
and light and dark on secret looms entwined. (1)

We were wondering the other day (on the most recent episode) what the deal with the Mirrormere was. The story goes that Durin, dwarf-father, once beheld in the lake on an eastern slope of the Misty Mountains his own reflection, yet glorified, with a crown of stars. Thus, he saw a confirming sign, and the glories of Khazad-dûm would became a reality. Yet where did the vision in the lake come from? Indeed, where did the mystical properties of the lake come from? Valar? Elves? Ilúvatar himself?

In “Mythopoeia“, Tolkien concerns himself with a meditation on the latent nature of reality. It is in some ways an expansion of Tolkien’s “On Fairy-stories” idea of not so much with WHAT IS, but with WHAT IS MEANT TO BE. Modern man has surrendered to brute fact, contenting himself, at best, with the trifles truest to his basic nature. Yet in the subcreative vision, which so many suppress, he is reminded of his elvish calling, of the magic that may be. Man is capable of music, that which, in Tolkien’s world (and I’d argue in our own) underlies all of reality (yet is invisible to those who dwell only on the brute fact of things).

You look at trees and label them just so… (2)

Yes! And the birds and the elves both laugh at us, for in the tree, they behold so much more. It is the bird’s natural union with the tree that leads it to do so, but it is the elves’ wonder that causes them to laugh. For in Lothlórien, they live not only among the trees, but in them, in glorious dwellings that crown them.

The subcreative vision looks within a thing, to the essence of not only what it is, but what it might become. It is beholden to the dim reflection, the crown of stars hinted at only for the eyes open to wonder.

“What did you see?” said Pippin to Sam, but Sam was too deep in thought to answer. (3)

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Image: Lothlorien by ullakko
1 – “Mythopoeia”
2 – “Mythopoeia”
3 – LOTR 2-6

 

 

The Tolkien Road – Ep. 62 – The Lord of the Rings – B2C3 – The Ring Goes South

Concerning “The Ring Goes South”, Book 2, Chapter 3 of The Lord of the Rings…

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Hey there fellow travelers! Welcome to The Tolkien Road, a long walk through the works and philosophy of J.R.R. Tolkien. On this episode, we continue through The Lord of the Rings with Book 2, Chapter 3, “The Ring Goes South.” By the way, if you haven’t already, please leave The Tolkien Road a rating and feedback on iTunes. We’d love to know what you think of the podcast. Enjoy the show!

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Topics of discussion…

  • Haiku – 7:00
  • Gandalf & the Hobbits Converse – 19:00
  • The Fellowship Chosen – 26:00
  • Bilbo’s Poem – 34:00
  • Setting Out – 38:15
  • Hollin/Eregion – 45:00
  • Caradhras – 50:00

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